The IC Chef Cookbook by Jill Osborne
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This book generally has good reviews. Strong points of this book are that it has a lot of recipes and it also provides a list of “safe” foods as well as recipes. It also contains sections on IC and Constipation, dealing with fatigue through food choices, and avoiding chemicals in foods.
The bad reviews are in regards to how any of the recipes contain ingredients that cause flares, with a note beside them to “only use those items if tolerated”. Some authors don’t seem to realize that IC sufferers looking for recipe books want recipes that only use “IC safe foods”.
The author/editor is Jill Osborne, who is actually the founder of the IC-Network (ic-network.com). She is an expert on Interstitial Cystitis as well as an IC patient herself.
Customizing the Interstitial Cystitis Diet by Julie Beyer
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This book averages 4.7 out of 5 stars, making it the highest ranked IC cookbook on Amazon. The book comes with a small collection of simple recipes you can use if you want to start with the elimination diet so that you can truly understand and identify your food triggers. People who have bought the book all seem to agree that it is simple to understand while still being thorough and helpful.
The author, Julie Beyer, is a registered dietitian and an IC patient. Her writing style is focused on distilling the science of IC down to a practical point of view. Beyer wants things to be simple and straightforward.
A Taste of the Good Life by Bev Laumann
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The average review score for this book is 4.o out of 5 stars. This book also has more reviews than any of the other IC cookbooks on Amazon. The positive reviews point out that the book is really good at explaining how to successfully adapt to the necessary changes in diet that go along with living with IC. Reviewers also seem to agree that the author does an excellent job explaining IC and how foods affect your symptoms. The negative reviews (there are not too many) focus on the smaller number of recipes and that some of the recipes are a bit uninspiring. Another criticism is that the book is a little outdated and needs to be updated (the shopping lists).
This book was actually the first formal cookbook for interstitial cystitis! The author, Bev Laumann, is former IC support group leader. Most interesting is that Bev was one of the first people to create a formal IC foods list. She has been credited with developing the “Safe” “Try It” and “Caution” approach to choosing foods for IC. Laumann is known as one of the most knowledgeable and respected IC patient advocates in the USA. Basically: this lady knows what she is talking about!
If you have any recommended IC cookbooks, please leave a comment below. There are a few more IC recipe collections available for sale, but due to the poor reviews, I refuse to link to them. 😩 😫 😡
And, if you are an excellent cook with a knowledge of how to eat with IC, please consider writing your own IC recipe book. We need more IC cookbooks! There are too few to choose from and those that are available are all more than a couple of years old.
This could be a great opportunity for the right IC chef!👨🏻🍳
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